I'm a poet based in Worcestershire, UK. My poetry has appeared in print and online magazines including The Interpreter's House, Prole, Ink Sweat and Tears, And Other Poems, Clear Poetry, and Amaryllis, and in anthologies such as The Chronicles of Eve (Paper Swans Press).
My first pamphlet, The Girl Who Grew Into a Crocodile, is published by V. Press.
I'm a Poetry Reader for Three Drops Press, and Co-Editor of Atrium poetry webzine.
Paul Stephenson has three pamphlets including Selfie with Waterlilies (Paper Swans Press, 2017). He co-curates Poetry in Aldeburgh and lives between Cambridge and Brussels. His debut collection will be published with Carcanet in 2023. Website: paulstep.com / twitter: @stephenson_pj / instagram: paulstep456
What I Can Tell You About Hot-Air Ballooning in Temecula
Lucy Holme lives in Cork. Her poems feature in The Stinging Fly, Southword, PBLJ, and New Irish Writing amongst others. Her debut chapbook, Temporary Stasis, shortlisted for The Patrick Kavanagh Award, was recently published by Broken Sleep Books.
Stuart McPherson is a Forward Prize nominated poet from the UK. Recent poems have appeared in Butcher’s Dog Magazine, Bath Magg, Poetry Wales, and Anthropocene. The pamphlet Waterbearer was published in December 2021 by Broken Sleep Books. A debut full length collection Obligate Carnivore was published by Broken Sleep Books in August 2022.
I wanted madness to explain you, not crafted mascara and perfume to force me from the crowded bar.
Your blisters, us hitchhiking into a sandy city. You said my offer to carry you just made you inhumane.
I saved one bar of Green & Blacks all night. You loved me in pieces.
Under a snowfield of Guinness glass, I found you in the roots of tables.
Gram Joel Davies is a poet in Devon. His collection Bolt Down This Earth (V. Press) was published in 2017. It’s been a while, but he is getting back into writing after training as a counsellor. A recent poem in The Moth marked his return.
Finola Scott’s poems scatter on the wind like leaves. They can be read in The High Window, I,S&T and Lighthouse. She invites you to Finola Scott Poems FB. Finola enjoys treating grandchildren and blue-tits to readings of poems and cake.
Julia Webb is a writer, poetry mentor/tutor and editor, based in Norwich. Her third collection The Telling was published by Nine Arches Press in May 2022. She is steering editor for Lighthouse – a journal for new writers.
Lauren is currently a second year on the MA in writing poetry with Poetry School London, with Newcastle University. She has been published in various print and online publications, most recently Lighthouse Magazine and Magma. She also published a pamphlet, Silver Hare Tales, with Blood Moon Poetry in December 2021. Twitter:@laurenmywrites
Ship’s log P&O liner SS Chusan Yokohama to London 11:00 hrs 4th April 1954
At sea Heaved to 1 mile SE of Valetta Wind NW force 4 Cloud and sun Visibility good 60 ͦ
Stowaway Found in hold Naresh Choudhury (?) age 16 (?) Came on board with cargo Cotton and jute Bombay March 20th 1954
Crew of ship’s cutter Transferred stowaway To P&O liner SS Canton Southampton to Singapore Via Suez Aden Bombay Columbo Penang
Stowaway received by Petty Officer and Bosun SS Canton Taken into custody
Chris Hardy’s poems have been widely published. His collection ‘Key to the Highway’ appeared from Shoestring Press in summer, 2021. He is in LiTTLe MACHiNe. “A guitarist as well as a poet Chris always hits the right note”. Roger McGough.
Dark is closing in, brisket simmers on the hob. She tops it up with stock.
Radio 4 mutters in the living room, upstairs a door creaks open and shut.
It is the autumn equinox. She finds an out of date bag of potatoes, looks
for her mother’s old cookery book, flicks through its pages for comfort:
cuts up potatoes into half moons, grates cheese, chops garlic, ekes out
leftover cream with a splash of milk, adds a teaspoon of nutmeg. Warmth
wafts through the kitchen. Perhaps somebody will phone after supper.
Sharon started writing poetry when she retired from her career in education. Since then, her poems have appeared in print and online journals and anthologies. In 2022 her poem ‘Cut’ came third in the Leeds Poetry Festival competition and another poem, ‘Oh Karen’ was highly commended in the Yaffle poetry competition.